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I am excited about a new regenerative design that I have been working on for the last year! This is an innovation that turns three pollution problems into one great solution for a personal water bottle. The innovation is fueledd by personal motivation: I want to be...read more
An open source, locally crafted, 100% organic coffee cup to undermine the Starbucks scourge of unrecyclable coffee cups? Yes! I am really excited to announce a new innovation that I am working on. It tackles one of my biggest frustrations in the whole wide...read more
This story was originally told at HuBud, Bali's November 2017 'FuckUp Night' where people tell their stories of failure and redemption. My name is Russell, and I am humbled to share my story with you today. This is a story about how I fucked up my life and found...read more
I've got good news and bad news on cigarette butts. There is a simple solution to a big problem. Trashed cigarette butts are one of the most rampant of all human wastes. Over 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are discarded every year.(1) In beach clean ups around the...read more
My father recently asked me, "Russell, what happened to your old blog? I sure miss it". My Dad's not exactly a social media consultant, but his comment struck me deep. I realized he had a point. My Facebook posts were nothing like my blog of old. He's been...read more
Great news for the planet! Ani and I just got back from five days in Jogja. Jogja is principal Indonesia city that has been the birth place of movements and political and cultural reforms that have swept the country. And now, the Ecobrick movement is sure and steady...read more
"This evening, working the line in the recycling factory, the sheer grey, mind-numbing monotony propelled me into a dark metaphysical moment that will haunt me for the rest of my life." Note: I recently discovered on my hard drive some photos and a movie that I...read more
Ani and I arrived in Jakarta this week, and the first thing we did is visit our friends at NU's LBNI headquarters. The LBNI division of NU, a Muslim organization with millions of members, had been ecobricking for the last year. They've been starting to...read more
Russell is a regenerative designer and inventor based in Bali, Indonesia. He is one of the leaders of the Ecobrick movement in Indonesia and the world. Inspired by the principles of the mandala and his time amongst the Igorot people he works to implementing deep, trans-formative innovations. With ecobricks, Russell’s creativity is focused on putting ‘waste’ back into cycles of indefinite use. Meanwhile, moving forward with innovations that, using natural materials and ancestral manual traditions, are fully open source, non-capital, and transcend waste, petroleum and factories all together. You can read more in his Regenerative Design Manifesto or follow him on Facebook:
Mandalic Regenerative Philosophy
The principles of innovating are even more important than the innovations. Here are my principal essays on the challenges of our times.
The Evolution of the Flying Disc
I love throwing the disc around. With my friends we’ve come up with one that transcends plastic and petroleum.
Bottle Building & Innovation
I love making stuff with bottles. Because they are everywhere, we can innovate techniques that anyone anywhere can put to use.